Gosar bill would deny illegal aliens in-state tuition benefits

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Arizona Congressman Paul Gosar hopes to close little known loopholes that allow states to grant in-state tuition to illegal aliens.

Gosar introduced H.R. 1190, which would ensure that illegal aliens will not be eligible for any postsecondary educational benefits that are not available to students legally present in the United States, said a press release from Gosar’s office.

There is a loophole  that “allows illegal aliens to receive in-state tuition for large and prestigious universities, while American citizens must pay out-of-state tuition to attend the same university,” Gosar said.

The bill, introduced last week, is endorsed by the Federation for American Immigration Reform and NumbersUSA is cosponsored by Arizona Congressman Andy Biggs as well as Representatives Brian Babin (R-TX), Scott DesJarlais, (R-TN), Jeff Duncan (R-SC), Steve King (R-IA), Mark Meadows (R-NC), and Randy Weber (R-TX).

“It is despicable that taxpayer funded institutions are blatantly ignoring the law and putting illegal aliens ahead of American students,” said Congressman Gosar in a press release. “American students should not be cut out of opportunities being offered to illegal aliens. Closing this loophole would ensure that American students are provided the same opportunities and benefits that are granted to illegal aliens.”

According to the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service, “the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA, P.L. 104-208, Sec. 505) [already] bars states from providing ‘postsecondary education benefits’ to unlawfully present aliens based on their residence in the state unless all U.S. citizens or nationals are eligible for such benefits, regardless of their state of residence.”

Gosar believes that loopholes, such as the one that allows illegal immigrants to receive in-state tuition rates because they graduated from an in-state high school, violate the intent of this law.


  1. I want to know why the legal citizens that pay for these leftist colleges are treated like 3rd class lepers.

    How about a bill to give the poor abused over taxed legal citizen a special much cheaper college rate if they’d like to go to college, after paying for trespassers to get the free ride

  2. They’ve got to get them into schools so illegals can learn to hate this country even more than they already do. Schools are no more than propaganda spewing hate whitey factories.

  3. Trying to wrap my head around why someone who remains here illegally, in violation of our immigration law would receive the lower in state tuition rate.

    Only in America.

    • Our National and State Governments should help Americans who need help; no one coming into our country illegally should be getting help. Singapore and other countries say anyone coming into their country need to be able to provide for themselves.

    • Trying to wrap my head around why illegal aliens are allowed to attend colleges and universities at all.

      Bad enough we are required to let them attend public K-12 schools. But college? NO.

      There was NO ONE helping me go to college. My dad was an active duty air force NCO. My parents split up at the start of my sophomore year in high school.

      No one gave a crap about what I did with myself. I was on track to becoming an architect. Straight A’s because I knew that I would need scholarships to attend 5 years of University. That all went to hell.

      Now the feds control the student loans, the Marxists control what is being taught at these institutions of “higher” learning. They herd all students into college, indoctrinate them with Marxism, give them a phony degree, and a lifetime of debt (slavery) to the federal government.

      15 years ago I had a young lady who had a Masters Degree as a client. One day we had a discussion re: politics. She had been so indoctrinated with anti- Republican/Conservative conspiracy theories all her life. But she wasn’t hateful herself.

      I asked her who was the first Republican President. She had to think a bit before she replied Ronald Reagan. ????

      A MASTER’S DEGREE. I’ll bet she is still paying off student loans!

      The icing on the cake is these Marxist “professors” have tenure and are squeezing 6 figure salaries for their service to the cause. Some of them only teach one or two classes!

      College educational system in the US in one of the biggest socialist scams and no one is talking about it.

      • So very well said Unheardof, I have nothing to add. I work at one of our state universities, let me tell you it is a depressing, hostile work environment.

  4. It’s about time Congress stands up for the tax paying American citizen. You know, the people that are paying their salary?

  5. Why should they get in state tuition?. I am sure they can afford the tuition from all the savings from Food stamps, free medical care and Section 8 housing. Money they don’t have to spend on those great benefits, if they work they’re doing ok.
    Unlike many American students who not only worked to get thru college, but paid utilities, rent, car insurance, phone bill, food and taxes.

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